Monday, March 28, 2016

High In The Streets- A Debut Novel by Matthew Binder

For some of you who have been readers of this site for years, you probably recall my early days reviewing local band Vinyl Radio. Well the former frontman, Matthew Binder, has been busy writing and has now published a novel, High In The Streets. Our mutual friend, lawyer, and one of the smartest people I know, David Lizerbram, has written a review and I agreed to share it with all of you. You should definitely check out the book, which you can purchase on Amazon here.

High in the Streets, Matthew Binder’s auspicious debut novel, smells like whiskey and cigarettes. Lou Brown, our protagonist of sorts, is a once-successful writer in LA. Several years after hitting it big with his own autobiographical first book, he finds himself at a loss. He has a serious drinking problem, a wife he hardly recognizes in a house he never wanted in the first place, and an ex-athlete best friend, Cliff, who’s in even worse shape than he is.

Lou’s attempts to obliterate his sorrows unfold in a series of funny, surprising, and unexpectedly moving vignettes. He sees himself as one of the many downtrodden, lost souls living in the shadow of Hollywood, but nobody is quite who they seem to be.

Binder’s characters seek redemption everywhere they can: money, fame, narcotic ecstasy, physical fitness, friendship, a father and child reunion. A trendy nightclub and a seedy motel and a beautifully articulated last-chance prizefight. He lures us into Lou’s story with all of its squalid glamor, and then pulls the curtain away to show the open sores beneath the character’s macho posturing and his tragic hero self-image. What happens to someone who just doesn’t fit into mainstream society anymore…and maybe never did?

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 28-Thursday, March 31, 2016

It was quite a weekend. On Friday, Darren and I went to see my nieces in Sleeping Beauty, then followed with Sunflower Bean at the Che Cafe. I hadn't been there in probably a decade, but glad to see nothing's changed. On Saturday we caught Hey Marseilles and Hibou at Soda Bar, then closed down the night at the Ken Club and late night takeout from Hong Kong. Sunday was awesome as I interviewed Rob Crow before Rob Crow's Gloomy Place performed at the Casbah, and then went to karaoke after the show. This week should be a lot more mellow than last week was. I'll be working at the Irenic on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, while hitting up a couple shows in between. And Nova returns on Wednesday, so hopefully work is mellow, too, so we can make the most of the rest of her spring break. Monday through Thursday listings are after the jump. And don't forget, if you need to plan out further than Sunday, you can always check out and look at future dates with the pull down calendar feature.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Saturday, March 26-Sunday, March 27, 2016

It's been a great week of music, and while Nova's visiting her mom for spring break, it's been really fun going out and catching some shows with Darren. This photo is from Monday at the Casbah with PINS, but I'll try and get more pics from theweek up since we've pretty much been out every night this week. If you don't have plans tonight, you must go see Hey Marseilles at Soda Bar. I love them an they kind of remind me of what it was like when I first heard Ben Gibbard's voice so many years ago. Sunday listings are after the jump.

Saturday, March 26, 2016:
  • Hey Marseilles, Hibou @ Soda Bar
  • Murder By Death Tim Barry @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Schizophonics, Mittens, Touchies @ Bar Pink
  • The Decibel Magazine Tour 2016 featuring Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, Tribulation @ The Observatory North Park
  • PRGRM, The Slashes, The Foreign Resort, Blood Ponies, DJ Heather Hardcore @ Ken Club
  • Cody Lovaas @ Queen Bee's
  • ListenSD Presents Swimm, The Verigolds, The Gloomies, Pearl Charles @ Music Box
  • Angel Peralta Project and Casa Wagner @ The Roots Factory
  • Yonder Mountain String Band, Polecat @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • Bikes & Beers @ Quartyard (9:30am-4pm)
  • Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival 2016 @ Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field
  • Friends Fest with Paper Days, and Inspired and the Sleep, Sorority Girls, Laundry Staff, Hush Pale Love, Dead Rosemary Blue, and Scruffles @ Che Cafe
  • Hawaiian Slack Key Concert and Hula Show with Kawika Kahiapo, Jerry Santos, and Kawaikapu Hewett @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Globalfest's Creole Carnival 2016 with Casuarina @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Rockademy @ Music Box (10am)
  • DJ Claire @ Whistle Stop (5pm)
  • Booty Bassment with Dmitri & Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • #StrictlyBusiness w/DJs Kanye Asada & Gabe Vega @ The Office
  • Brian Fallon & the Crowes, Austin Plaine, Jared Hart @ House of Blues
  • Lola Demure's Burlesque & Variety Show @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • The Memorie, Heavy Hawaii, The Tubs @ The Hideout
  • The Contortionist, Monuments, Entheos, sleepmakeswaves (AUS), HOX @ Soma (Sidestage)
  • The Obscure 80s @ Winston's (5-8pm)
  • Cory Henry (of Snarky Puppy) Presents: The Revival with Trans-Conduit @ Winston's
  • Seussical The Musical @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Pinocchio @ Poway Center For The Performing Arts
  • Sleepwalking - Lowrider oldies, Old School Funk Dance Party @ Til-Two Club
  • City Heights Hayride @ The Black Cat
  • Kaylee's Showkase: The Sounds with Arson Academy, Cost of Kings @ Brick By Brick
  • Lou Evans and Awakening Magic @ Lestat's
  • Lisa Sanders, Paul Wilmet @ Java Joe's
  • Ruines Ov Abaddon, Under The Stone, Infinite Death, Fadrait @ The Merrow
  • Wes Williams Band & The UpShots @ 710 Beach Club
  • Comedy @ The Bancroft
  • Butts Ta Nuts with Jason Waterfalls, AbJO, JULZ @ El Dorado
  • Full Strength Funk Band @ Tio Leo's
  • Nathan James @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Beta Maxx @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • Jordan V @ Fluxx
  • Lucent6 @ Spin
  • New World Sound @ Bassmnt
  • DJ Savi, DJ Lema @ Omnia
  • DJ Karma @ Parq
  • Cut Snake @ Bang Bang
  • Purps & Turqs @ Kava Lounge
  • Wild Side @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Joyride @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
Sunday, March 27, 2016:
  • Rob Crow's Gloomy Place, Vertical Scratchers @ Casbah
  • They Might Be Giants - An Evening With @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
  • CANCELLED: Crown of Thornz, Runamuck, World of Pain, Stay Away @ Soda Bar
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink
  • Judas Priest Official Release Party @ Brick By Brick
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout
  • Tim Mudd, Peacock @ Sycamore Den
  • Bad Advice, Midnight Staggers, Pissed Regardless @ Tower Bar
  • Uptown Top Ranking w/Tribe of Kings @ The Office
  • Seussical The Musical @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2pm)
  • Revelation of Sound: DJ Wild Boar Moon, DJ Windand C, DJ Hart @ The Merrow
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31
  • Not Happy- 90s Video Night with John Blaj @ Whistle Stop
  • Jason Brown @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9am-2pm)
  • J. Henry @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Party Favor & Valentino Khan @ FLUXX
  • Open Mic Comedy @ Til-Two Club
  • UnderRated Hip Hop and other expressions @ Kava Lounge
  • Kirkobangz Playa Made Live Tour @ Spin
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club

Monday, March 21, 2016

Upcoming Shows At Observatory North Park (Updated 3.21.2016)

I usually post this a little earlier in the morning, but I had to wait until 10am to announce that Animal Collective is coming to San Diego! The show isn't till September 20, but tickets are going on sale this week, and the shows that have already been announced are mostly sold out, so I would plan on being ready when the tickets go on sale Wednesday at 10am. Additionally, Pennywise, DMX, Kaytranada and others were announced last week. Also, Andrew Bird was officially moved to Music Box. April shows and beyond are after the jump.

3/23 Migos, Rich The Kid, Lil Yachty, 6pm, All Ages

3/24 Glassjaw, Silver Snakes, Weight of the Sun, 7pm, All Ages

3/25 Freddie Gibbs, Chaz French, 6pm, All Ages

3/26 The Decibel Magazine Tour 2016 featuring Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch & Tribulation, 6:30pm, All Ages

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 3.21.16)

I'm updating the Casbah list but forgot to mark the new shows, so here they are:
MC Yogi, Upsilon Crux, El Vez Punk Rock Revue, The Nashville Ramblers, Wild Wild Wets, Vinyl Junkies Record Swap, Kool Keith, and Andrew Bird, which isn't a new show, but has moved from the Observatory to the Music Box. This is the week after SXSW, so there are a ton of shows all over town, including 16 different Casbah presents shows around town and at the Casbah between now and Sunday. Holy shit. Busy week. All shows after Sunday are after the jump.

Mon Mar 21 - PINS, September Gurls, Shady Francos @ Casbah

Mon Mar 21 - J.D. Wilkes @ The Hideout

Tue Mar 22 - Lawrence, Taurus Authority @ The Casbah

Tue Mar 22 - Ra Ra Riot, And The Kids, PWR BTTM @ The Irenic

Ra Ra Riot

Wed Mar 23 - French Horn Rebellion, Mystery Skulls, Kennedy @ Casbah

Wed Mar 23 - Polica, Clara-Nova @ The Irenic

Wed Mar 23 - Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Cadillac Tramps, Viernes 13 @ Belly Up

Wed Mar 23 - Yuck, Big Thief, Junk @ Soda Bar


Wed Mar 23 - Bayonne @ The Hideout

Thu Mar 24 - Melvins, The Side Eagles @ Casbah

Thu Mar 24 - Daughter, Wilsen @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)

Thu Mar 24 - Glassjaw, Silver Snakes, Weight Of The Sun @ The Observatory North Park

Fri Mar 25 - Napalm Death, Melt Banana, Victims @ Casbah

Sat Mar 26 - Murder By Death, Tim Barry @ Casbah

Sat Mar 26 - Hey Marseilles, Hibou @ Soda Bar

Sun Mar 27 - Rob Crow's Gloomy Place, Vertical Scratchers @ Casbah

Rob Crow's Gloomy Place (photo by Bill Perrine)

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 21-Friday, March 25, 2016

It was a beautiful weekend in San Diego. Darren's mom went back to Hercules and it was sad to see her go, but we were also happy that Nova is officially on Spring Break. It's just nice to not have to do the back and forth to school for a couple weeks. I went to the Junior Boys show on Friday, but skipped shows the remainder of the weekend, partially because this week is going to be so busy. I guess the most eventful thing was Nova's piano recital on Sunday. It was at the Point Loma Library, and when it was over we went to the tidepools at Cabrillo Monument then grabbed dinner at Point Loma Sea Foods where the seals and pelicans were enjoying all the fish remains of the sportfisherman. So besides my usual workload this week, Nova leaves on Wednesday for a week. I'll be working at Ra Ra Riot on Tuesday and Polica on Wednesday. Then on Thursday we have a massive SoundDiego Live at the Music Box with Little Hurricane. I'm not quite sure where I'll end up Friday, but with Hey Marseilles on Saturday and Rob Crow's Gloomy Place on Sunday, it's gonna be a good week of music, and with Nova gone, Darren might get to make some appearances, too. Happy spring break to those of you who get one. Monday through Friday archives are after the jump.  

Friday, March 18, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 20, 2016

This week has been just as busy as I expected. Darren's mom came to town for a spontaneous trip which was really nice, minus the part where Darren tore a calf muscle and has been left limping this week. I have to say, it's kind of adorable though, since the same thing happened to me when we first started dating and he did everything for me back then as I ended up on crutches for a few weeks. So Billie arrived on Tuesday and we went to the Zoo for a few hours before I went to the Jose Gonzalez show at California Center for the Arts Escondido. On Wednesday, I worked while they went to Mission Trails, but entertained her as he helped out at Nova's school (when that injury occurred). We went to La Jolla Cove to see the Sea Lions and that evening we had a big family dinner. My family has always missed being able to meet Billie, so that was quite nice (at Volare which is maybe my new favorite place even though it's been there forever). Then Thursday I had some work meetings and such but we ran around a little bit, got Nova from school, had dinner at West Coast Tavern, and then had Nova's Open House. Somehow in all of that, my laptop took a spill, so thanks to Davy Tiltwheel for making the repair quick and painless and my laptop downtime minimized. Today Billie flies back home, so hopefully I can knock out my work early to hang out the last few hours. I don't have big plans this weekend but I'm sure we'll be running around to enjoy the few days of Spring Break before Nova flies to the midwest for a week. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, March 18, 2016:
  • Junior Boys, Jessy Lanza, Borys @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • The Smith Street Band, Hard Girls, Diners, Sledding With Tigers @ Che Cafe
  • St. Paddy's Party feat The Fooks & Greyboy @ Quartyard
  • Ben Rector, Gavin James @ The Observatory North Park
  • Fleetmac Wood @ Soda Bar (9pm)
  • Rio Peligroso @ Bar Pink
  • The Schizophonics, The Gargoyles, The Hurricanes @ Til-Two Club
  • Anthony David and Algebra @ Music Box
  • Atomic Groove St. Pat’s Recovery Bash @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Super Diamond, AM Gold @ Belly Up
  • Esto Es Cuba! @ Dizzy's
  • Tonight Alive, Set It OFf, THe Ready Set, SayWeCanFly @ Soma
  • The No Name Game, PILLARS OF CREATION, A Hero Within, Malison @ Brick By Brick
  • Wax Idols, Hunny, Nylon Apartments @ The Hideout
  • F#ing In The Bushes @ Whistle Stop
  • Maserati, The Renaissance, Samer Bakri @ Lestat's
  • K.C. Harris @ Java Joe's
  • August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me, Good Tiger @ House of Blues
  • Grim Slippers @ Stone Brewing Tap Room
  • Shawn Barry Presents - Tribute Night with Powerslaves, Epic, A Perfect Tool @ The Merrow
  • BJ Jezbera, A New Ending, Plane Without a Pilot, DreCat @ The Bancroft
  • Academy & KL Noize Maker @ 710 Beach Club
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Trade Winds @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • San Diego Book Arts Lecture: Jamila Rufaro @ LJ Athenaeum
  • The Widows, Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band, DJ Mike Ratt @ Tower Bar
  • Dazed and Confused @ Winston's
  • Mike Delgado @ El Dorado
  • E-Man, Mr Brown @ Fluxx
  • Treo @ Bassmnt
  • Uner @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Ruckus @ Omnia
  • UFO, Points North, Symbolic, Taz Taylor @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Progressive Deep/Progressive Techno @ Kava Lounge
  • Caliber @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 3.15.2016)

There have been a few new announcements since the last time I posted, like Andre Nikatina and Caravan Palace, and there are some new ones today: 3 nights of Pennywise and Andy Black. Unfortunately, the Pennywise 3-night stand means that Andrew Bird is going to move but in the meantime, here's the full list below. I'll add the Pennywise links before the shows go on sale.

3/15 The String Cheese Incident, 7pm, All Ages
3/16 The String Cheese Incident, 7pm, All Ages

3/18 Ben Rector, Gavin James, 7pm, All Ages

3/19 FKJ, 7pm, All Ages

3/20 Natalia Lafourcade, Las Cafeteras, 7pm, All Ages

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents (3.15.2016)

I'm updating the Casbah shows again and I wish that our website was working the way I want it to, but hopefully it's all sorted out soon. In the meantime, there were some massive announcements over the past week, including Day Wave, Good Old War, Dead Feather Moon, Roots Factory Anniversary, Zeparella, Joe Manda, Caravan Palace and more. Everything on the books is after the jump.

Fri Mar 18 - Junior Boys, Jessy Lanza, Borys @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)

Fri Mar 18 - Wax Idols, Hunny, Nylon Apartments @ The Hideout

Sat Mar 19 - Get Back Loretta, Oh, Spirit!, Inspired and the Sleep, Kimmi Butter @ Casbah

Sun Mar 20 - Natalie Emmons, Bang Pow, Bakkuda @ Casbah

Monday, March 14, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 14-Thursday, March 17, 2016

This weekend was entirely too short and I'm just not really ready for this week. I had a chill Friday but ended up making up for it on Saturday, as I bounced between the Main Room and Voodoo Room of the House of Blues. I caught Dreamers and Arkells upstairs and Kaleo and Firekid downstairs. After that, I hung out for Saved By The 90s at the Casbah, then closed it down at the Ken Club. Sunday was a little bit of a bummer for me, because as much as I wanted to see Dylan LeBlanc at the Belly Up, I had to work at the Irenic for They Will Destroy Us. I had a ton of work to do anyway, but still, I would've liked to just ignore it all for Dylan. I'll be at the Irenic tonight, at Jose Gonzalez on Tuesday, and then probably laying low the rest of the week because Darren's mom will be in town, Thursday is Nova's open house, and Sunday is Nova's piano recital. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, March 11-Sunday, March 13, 2016

I'm sitting in the Dollhouse watching Nova skate with her new friend Lunatic Eclipse so I thought I'd update listings for the weekend. I had a great night Wednesday, stopping by the Music Box to catch Jesse Lamonaca and the Dime Novels before heading to the Casbah. Fun fact: Jesse and Darren have the same birthday. Anyway, Grampa Drew, Spero, and Miner all put on a great show, and it was nice to hang with Jake at Bar Pink after that. The fun nights always mean hunkered down work days the next day so Thursday was mellow, I worked while Nova played at San Carlos park. I wanted to make Kitten but then we decided Darren would go, and when the time acually rolled around, I was steeped in work and he was soundly asleep. Full time dadding ain't easy. This weekend has a grip of rad shows and though I haven't committed to anything, I'm having a dilemma whether I should have someone cover my shift at The Irenic on Sunday so that I can do see Dylan LeBlanc at the Belly Up. I love that kid. Anyway, Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, March 11, 2016:
  • Mystic Braves, The Loons, Los Sweepers, DJ Tony the Tyger @ Casbah
  • Eleanor Friedberger, The Nephews, icewater @ The Hideout
  • XXYYXX, Jim-E Stack @ The Observatory North Park
  • The Major Minus, Social Club, Ned and the Dirt @ Soda Bar
  • Ditches @ Bar Pink
  • L.A. Witch, Hit Bargain, Angels Dust @ San Diego Art Institute
  • Rosanne Cash @ Poway Center For The Performing Arts
  • Pour House Presents: G Burns Jug Band, Liquorsmiths, The Heartbeat Trail @ Pour House Oceanside
  • Anakin Records Present: Fuerza de Tijuana CD Release @ Music Box
  • Rady Children's 5th annual Date Night for a Cause @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm)
  • Abbey Road's Beatles VS. Stones @ Belly Up
  • Gillian Margot's Black Butterfly Project, featuring Geoffrey Keezer & Gilbert Castellanos @ Dizzy's
  • Mixtape Vol 1: Art's All Over Launch Party @ San Diego Art Institute
  • Real Friends @ Gym Standard
  • Bongzilla, Black Cobra, Lo-Pan, Against The Grain @ Brick By Brick
  • The Casualists, Aure, Coyote, Hard To Hit, Imperial, STEUER @ Soma
  • The Loons @ Whistle Stop (8pm)
  • Death By Dancing @ Whistle Stop (10:30pm)
  • American Killers with Leave the Universe @ Lestat's
  • The Zicas @ Java Joe's
  • Gary Clark Jr. – The Story of Sonny Boy Slim Tour, The Shelters @ House of Blues
  • Astronauts, Etc., Harriet Brown, Bakkuda @ The Merrow
  • Potbelly (WA), 13 Scars (WA), Goldilox and the Bears @ The Bancroft
  • Roots of a Revival, Creative Impulse, Levi Dean & the Americats @ 710 Beach Club
  • Headshine @ Bayside Amphitheatre, Embarcadero Marina
  • Seven Word Story @ Tio Leo's
  • Nate Pop, dnll, dxzx, Lewis Vuitton, paul @ Che Cafe
  • Lotus The Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm)
  • DJ Mongo Style and Andrew Mercado @ Tower Bar
  • Spiritual Rez @ Winston's
  • DJ Greyboy @ El Dorado 
  • Brian Ellis Group, Joy, Pharlee, R.I.P., Operation Mindblow @ Til-Two Club
  • Lupillo Rivera @ Blue Agave
  • Deejay Al @ Fluxx
  • Gladiator @ Bassmnt
  • Chuckie @ Omnia
  • DJ Shift @ Parq
  • PopVinyl @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Future Funk Friday @ Kava Lounge
  • The Smash Ups @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • TheDangleZone Presents SABO, Goldcap, Jimbo James @ Spin
  • Uli Jon Roth, Jennifer Batten and Andy Timmons, Taz Taylor, The Nili Brosh Band @ Ramona Mainstage

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Show Preview: Kitten @ The Casbah - Thursday, March 10th

Kitten is a band from LA fronted by 21-year old Chloe Chaidez that specializes in a dark brand of pop-leaning indie rock not far on the spectrum from the likes of Sky Ferreira and Twin Shadow. The current national tour is in support of their new self-released EP “Heaven or Somewhere Between,” which sounds a lot like Belinda Carlisle as produced by Robert Smith, and signals a more focused and mature approach from their earlier releases. Chloe has said it was inspired heavily by British bands Cocteau Twins, Pulp, and Suede on back to the even more classic sounds of Roy Orbison and Phil Spector. While their recorded material might not have the chart-smashing hooks that have made superstars of Charli XCX and Haim, their live show has been well documented as captivating, raw, and unwaveringly energetic. The front woman’s commanding stage presence and stellar vocal abilities will surely have the crowd enraptured on Thursday night as they play their first-ever headlining performance in San Diego at the Casbah. Supporting acts Electric Mudd and Machineheart will kick off the evening.

KITTEN, Electric Mudd, Machineheart @ The Casbah $14  Get Tickets

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Wednesday, March 9-Thursday, March 10, 2016

There was some snow in our mountains on Monday night, and since Sunday I'd already put in 24 hours of work in by the time the end of Nova's school day came around on Tuesday at 1pm, we decided we could run up to Mount Laguna for a couple hours. I don't suppose there will be a lot more opportunities to do that this year, so we made the best of it and had a good time wandering around the empty campground. (We've been going to El Prado) And there's enough reception on the mountain that I was still able to get back to all of my not-so-urgent email. I just wanted to update because there are so many things to do this week and I know how bogged down my site gets when I have a flurry of Monday posts as I did this week. I'm looking forward to catching Jesse Lamonaca & The Dime Novels at Music Box before I head to the Casbah for Grampa Drew, Spero, and Miner. Then you can most likely find me at Kitten tomorrow, Eleanor Friedberger on Friday, and HoB on Saturday, but I'm sure I'll update again before then. Wednesday-Thursday arcihives are after the jump.

Monday, March 07, 2016

91X Announces X-FEST 2016: Cheap Trick, The Offspring and many more

91X has announced the lineup for X-Fest 2016.

The all ages event will take place on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

Here's the full press release:

91X X-FEST 2016

SAN DIEGO, CA – Local radio station 91X announced the line-up of performers at 91X X-Fest, happening Sunday, June 5 at Sleep Train Amphitheater.

2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick will co-headline with the Offspring.   Plus Iration, Kongos, Wolfmother, Chevy Metal, The Shelters, SWMRS, The Frights, Grace Mitchell, and The Young Wild rounding out the bill.

X-Fest tickets are on-sale at 10:00 AM today to listeners registered with 91X’s e-mail and texting lists.  Tickets go on-sale to the public Friday at 10:00 AM.

“The first X-Fest was XXXIII years ago with Tom Petty, the Ramones, Stray Cats, Modern English, and Bow Wow Wow ” said Halloran, 91X Program Director.  “2016 will prove to be legendary too.  I am looking forward to seeing the legendary Cheap Trick, and the future local legends all in one day at one venue. This is what 91X is all about…”

X-Fest is produced by LiveNation.  Details on the concert can be found at

91X is owned by Local Media San Diego, LLC; a San Diego-based broadcasting company backed by private equity firm, Thoma Bravo, LLC.  LMSD also operates Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM) and Z90 (XHTZ-FM) as a member of SDLocal, a joint operating arrangement between LMSD and Midwest Television, Inc., operators of KFM-BFM 100.7 (KFMB-FM) and AM 760 (KFMB-AM).

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Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 3.7.2016)

I know, I know, I feel your pain. Over the past couple weeks, I've heard a lot of feedback on the new Casbah website and have had my own headaches with it. I have list of things that our "account specialist" is working on. That said, if you have problems with the functionality of the Casbah web page, please let me know, especially if you have trouble on the mobile version since it seems to be working fine on my Android but I hear there are issues on ios. Shows through mid-month below, the rest are after the jump.

Mon Mar 07 - The Bulbs, Sledding with Tigers, William and the Nephews @ Casbah

Tues Mar 08 - Omega Three, Deep Sea Thunderbeast, Setback City @ Casbah

Tue Mar 08 - St. Lucia with Grace Mitchell @ The Observatory North Park

Wed Mar 09 - Miner @ Casbah

Thu Mar 10 - Kitten, Electric Mudd, Machineheart @ Casbah

Fri Mar 11 - Mystic Braves, The Loons, Los Sweepers, DJ Tony The Tiger @ Casbah

Fri Mar 11 - Astronauts ETC, Harriet Brown, Bakkuda @ The Merrow

Fri Mar 11 - Eleanor Friedberger, Icewater, Nephews @ The Hideout

Upcoming Shows at the Observatory North Park (Updated 3.8.2017)

The Observatory has had some really good shows of late and some great shows are coming up. Last week, the Observatory added shows with Mayer Hawthorne, Yeasayer, Migos and Father. I was chatting with a friend who was bummed out by the venue, saying that it sucks that you have to drink in West Coast and couldn't drink while watching a show. So I'm going to say this again, in case anyone wasn't aware, that the liquor license has been fully restored to the whole venue, regardless of whether shows are seated or standing, and regardless of whether they're all ages, 18+, or 21+. On top of that, I hear the balcony is under construction, which I guess is going to have VIP tables with bottle service in the near future. Bellow are all of the shows booked at the Observatory...mid-month and beyond are after the jump.

3/8 St. Lucia, Grace Mitchell, 7:30, All Ages

3/9 Waka Flocka Flame with Robb Bank$, 6pm, All Ages

3/10 Stick Figure : Set in Stone Tour with Fortunate Youth & Ragin Fyah, 7pm, All Ages

3/11 XXYYXX with Jim-E Stack , 7pm, All Ages

3/13 Young Thug, 6pm, All Ages

Just Announced: Taco Fest @ Waterfront Park 5/21

Fish tacos special from West Coast Tavern*


San Diego, CA – March 7, 2016 – San Diego Taco Fest – Today organizers announced the newest addition to the San Diego festival scene – The San Diego Taco Fest. Taking place at Waterfront Park on May 21, 2016, the festival will feature 20 of San Diego’s best taco-centric restaurants, a fun lineup of local and national concert acts, live Lucha Libre wrestling matches, a Showcase Stage featuring cooking demonstrations, and interactive experiences.

Concert entertainment includes:
Sir Mix-A-Lot - known for his early 90’s smash hit, “Baby Got Back.”
Metalachi - a popular SoCal act that performs Mariachi style versions of classic rock songs.
40oz to Freedom - The nation’s number one Sublime tribute act.
El Vez - Known as the “Mexican Elvis,” he will perform his famous El Vez for Prez set.
Todo Mundo - winners of the San Diego Music Awards 2015 for “Best World Music.”

Participating restaurants will consist of a mix of the best taco-centric establishments from the San Diego region. Restaurants will offer their signature tacos with prices ranging from $2 to $4 as well as one additional item from their in-store menu.

Carnitas Taco daily special from El Panson*

Lucha Libre wrestling will take place throughout the day between band performances. Baja Stars, a Tijuana based pro wrestling organization founded in 1988, will organize and conduct the matches.
Tickets are available online at - $20 in advance - $25 day of show.

VIP tickets include beverages, taco bar, private restrooms and front row access to the concerts - $75 in advance.

Private Cabanas (on-site suites) are available for parties of 10 - details on-line at
21+ welcome - more information at

*West Coast Tavern and El Panson are not necessarily participants in this event

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, March 7-Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Another eventful weekend is behind us. Actually, after a big night out on Thursday, I was feeling pretty beat down on Friday, but my sister offered to have Nova over for a sleepover so Darren and I dropped in on the Wavves & Best Coast show at the Observatory for a bit but still called it an early night. On Saturday, we went down to the STEM Expo at Petco Park (for non-parents, that is science, technology, engineering and math), then we went to a roller derby bout at the Dollhouse which Nova absolutely loved. After, I went to Casbah for Lower Dens, Ditches, and Spooky Cigarette, then closed the night hanging with Robin at the Ken Club. Sunday was a mellow day, though we took Nova back to the Dollhouse for open skate and had dinner at Pokez. I would have loved to check out Johnny Marr at Belly Up, but work was calling and I just had way too much on my plate for another night out. Such is life sometimes. Don't forget 91X is announcing X-Fest at 8am. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, March 4-Sunday, March 6, 2016

It's been an amazing week of music in San Diego and I know it sounds a little crazy, but I'm kinda hoping for some quiet time this weekend. It's gonna be hard though, I'm sure I'll be pulled in multiple directions all weekend long. Besides amazing shows, there's the Audobon's Bird Festival, a STEM event for kids, the Busker Festival, and of course CRSSD will be keeping San Diego thumping all weekend. I was all over the place this week...on Tuesday I worked at Andra Day, then caught Dani Bell & The Tarantist at Soda Bar, on Wednesday I went to see Basia Bulat, and last night I worked at Waxahatchee at the Irenic, then caught Gayle Skidmore and Liza Anne at the Casbah. All were unique and incredible shows, and all were talented and beautiful women. Looking forward to more good stuff to come. Friday through Sunday listings are after the jump. 

Friday, March 4, 2016:
  • Spring Thing Modern Mutiny feat DJ Vaughn Avakian, Wild Wild Wets, Poolside @ Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Cocktail/Dinner 6:30pm9:30, The Late Night Party 9:30-1am. Ticket includes open bar)
  • Agent Orange, Sculpins, Cochinas Locas @ Casbah 
  • The Show Ponies @ AMSD 
  • Keb' Mo' @ Balboa Theatre 
  • Wavves & Best Coast: Summer Is Forever II, Cherry Glazerr @ The Observatory North Park 
  • Xixa, Cumbia Machin, Goma, DJ Ana Brown @ Soda Bar 
  • Quartyard Turns 1 with Young In the City (feat Noah Gunderson), Hawai, Noah Gundersen, Greyboy @ Quartyard 
  • Markus Burger with Bob Magnusson & Joe LaBarbera @ Dizzy's 
  • First Friday With DJ Artistic @ Bar Pink 
  • Jai Ho Bollywood Party San Diego with DJ Harshal, Prashant @ Music Box 
  • Atomic Groove Fit Girlz Nite Out  @ Belly Up (Happy Hour 5pm) 
  • The Mother Hips, The Donkeys@ Belly Up 
  • Huckleberry @ The Pour House (Oceanside) 
  • Hunter Valentine- So Long For Now Tour, Vowws @ The Hideout 
  • John Helix @ Lestat's Jeff Berkley, Peter Bolland, Yours Truly Michele @ Java Joe's 
  • Chippendales @ House of Blues 
  • Mario Esteban and the Blessed Hellhounds, The Shifty Eyed Dogs, Radios Silent @ The Merrow 
  • Condor, Ritual Potion, Nebula Drag @ The Bancroft 
  • Shell Shock, Starchild & Stone Soul @ 710 Beach Club 
  • Assuming We Survive, Uh Huh Baby Yeah, Reckless Serenade, RVLS, After The Fall, Amaya Lights @ Soma 
  • ArtPower Presents: Meccore String Quartet ArtTalk @ The Loft, UCSD 
  • The Distractions @ Tio Leo's 
  • Screen Test presented by Triton Art @ Che Cafe The Fabulous Ultratones @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm) 
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm) 
  • Hip Hop vs Punk Rock @ Tower Bar 
  • The Other, B Movie Monsters, They Feed At Night, 13 Wolves @ Til-Two Club 
  • Neon Party with Rozes @ Fluxx 
  • Lookas @ Bassmnt 
  • CRSSD After Dark with Tiga @ Bang Bang 
  • CRSSD After Dark with Ardalan @ Andaz
  • Steve Aoki @ Omnia
  • DJ Scene@ Parq 
  • Jamie Shadowlight, Acoustic Ladyland @ 98 Bottles 
  • Purps & Turqs @ Kava Lounge 
  • F.A.B. Friday presents Siya, DJ Grove Boy, DJ D Rock Party Quake @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n 
  • King’s X, Points North, RDG, Dolan Brotherhood @ Ramona Mainstage 
Saturday, March 5, 2016:
  • Lower Dens, Ditches, Spooky Cigarettes @ Casbah 
  • Tyson Motsenbocker - CD Release @ The Loft, UCSD 
  • From Indian Lakes, Soren Bryce @ House of Blues 
  • Busker Festival @ Seaport Village
  • Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Maxies, Dudes Night @ Til-Two Club 
  • CRSSD FESTIVAL @ Waterfront Park (21+, 12pm-11pm)
  • HAPA @ AMSD 
  • Atreyu with Devil You Know, From Ashes To New & Cane Hill @ The Observatory North Park 
  • Eliot Sumner @ Soda Bar 
  • The Benedetti Trio celebrates George Harrison @ Dizzy's 
  • Dead on the Wire, Ex-Gentlemen, Dethsurf, and The Natives @ Ken Club 
  • Suzie Glaze & the High Lonesome Band @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church Hall 
  • Abba Mania @ Balboa Theatre 
  • CRSSD After Dark with Ryan Hemsworth @ Music Box 
  • DJ Mike Delgado @ Bar Pink 
  • Tainted Love, DJ Scotto @ Belly Up 
  • Plane Without a Pilot @ Stone Brewing Tap Room 
  • Papadosio, Saqi, Bluetech @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues 
  • FUZZ Junkies, Shadowplay, Chango's Psychedelic Garage @ The Bancroft 
  • Sammy Kay, Mochilero All Stars, DJ Dr Bones @ Tower Bar 
  • Motorbreath, Sonic Temple, Stoned Temple Pilots, American Zombie, Memory Layne @ Brick By Brick 
  • Gregory Page CD Release Show @ Lestat's 
  • Nena Francis, FEiN @ Java Joe's Nervous, Daisy World, Tan Tien, Quali, Adhesive @ Che Cafe
  • Kulteir, Festering Grave, A Hero Within, Green Skull @ The Merrow 
  • The Moves Collective EP Release w/ Finnegan Blüe @ 710 Beach Club Comedy @ The Bancroft 
  • Sabor Caliente @ Tio Leo's
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (5pm)
  • Pop Vinyl @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (9pm) 
  • Chachi @ Fluxx 
  • CRSSD After Dark with Cirez D @ Spin 
  • CRSSD After Dark with Poolside @ Andaz Rooftop
  • CRSSD After Dark with Jamie Jones @ Bang Bang 
  • CRSSD After Dark with Damien Lazarus @ Andaz
  • Datsik @ Bassmnt
  • Fergie (DJ Set) @ Omnia
  • Dante The Don @ Parq 
  • Undercover @ V Lounge, Viejas Casino 
  • Masters of Puppets, Fred Barchetta – a tribute to Rush by Points North, Fooz Fighters @ Ramona Mainstage 
Sunday, March 6, 2016:
  • Johnny Marr, Mimicking Birds @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT) 
  • 311, DJ Soulman @ House Of Blues (SOLD OUT)
  • Busker Festival @ Seaport Village
  • CRSSD FESTIVAL @ Waterfront Park (21+, 12pm-10pm)
  • CRSSD After Dark: Chet Faker (DJ Set), Tycho (DJ Set), Jason Bentley @ Music Box 
  • The Flavr Blue, Heartwatch, Sasha Marie @ Casbah 
  • Simo, The Glorious Sons, Hot Damn Sextet @ Soda Bar 
  • Rat Sabbath @ Bar Pink 
  • Jack Topht (ON TOUR), Hidhawk, Mayor Taco Ghost, Vaginals @ Ken Club 
  • Civic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert @ California Center for the Arts Escondido 
  • Fake Tides, Pueblo, Siena Riley, Renegade, Banquet @ Che Cafe 
  • Pants Karaoke @ The Hideout 
  • Viscous, 1001, Scarlet Canary, DONA NOVA @ Brick By Brick 
  • Matt Bednarsky and Mean Mary @ Lestat's 
  • Dave Good's Jazz Jam @ Java Joe's (2pm) 
  • CRSSD After Dark with Claude Von Stroke @ Spin 
  • CRSSD After Dark with Bondax @ Andaz Rooftop 
  • CRSSD After Dark with Loco Dice @ Bang Bang 
  • The Dowling Garagegrass Experiment @ The Bancroft 
  • Reggae Sunday @ U-31 
  • Stellita @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (10am-2pm)
  • Funk's Most Wanted @ Humphrey's Backstage Live (7pm)
  • Select Sex, Bastardsect, TBA @ Tower Bar
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Heron Oblivion, Color, Shujaa Sauti @ Til-Two Club
  • Reggae Sunday @ Spin
  • Sunday Funday Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club